The summer transfer window may be just a distant memory, but with the season well underway managers have already started their preparations for January…
Help seems in sight for our defensive midfield problems as Wenger will go back for Portuguese youngster, William Carvalho, according to the Daily Mail.
There’s been no end to the complaints constantly moaned by Arsenal fans as to Wenger’s negligence by not signing a defensive midfielder in the summer and we have certainly paid the price, especially with the recurrence of injuries to Arteta. Wenger has had to trust Flamini for the major part of this season in his captain’s absence but technical weaknesses in the 30-year old Frenchman have limited us in more ways than one.
A host of names have been mentioned already as potential recruits for the role, top among them being Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, but Wenger is believed to be going for a Carvalho probably due to his experience in the Champions League.
Sporting Lisbon have not made the Last 16 of the Champions League and know they face a challenge to keep the coveted midfielder beyond this season.
A £20m fee could force their hands in January, despite valuing him way beyond that when he had made enquiries in the summer.
Wenger’s got about that amount in his kitty for the January business, and though a defender remains top priority, it’s not beyond the Prof to stun us all in one swoop.
Carvalho’s already made up to join the Premier League and his inclination towards Arsenal should be the boost required, if there be a genuine interest on our part to go for him. He is not yet as proven as some of the other Benders and Schneiderlins also linked to us, but he has all in the tank to go on shooting on a massive scale in the years to come. Like Schneiderlin, he seemed ready to move on during last summer but has had to put up with a failed move, hoping for a breakthrough in the future.
“I would not say I was disappointed [to stay]”, Carvalho had been quoted as saying before.
“But despite being very happy at Sporting, we all have ambitions and I hope one day to be playing in the best leagues in the world, the English or Spanish”.
“It did not happen this year, but if I continue to do my job as I have been doing for sure that sooner or later it will happen”
Portugal did not have a great outing in Brazil, but two appearances in the World Cup has given him an International-class tag and adds to some qualities needed for the player of our choice. A bright long career awaits him being just 22.
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